Most of the new COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York State are to residents who stayed at home and only ventured out for essential activities, a “shocking” finding, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. .
Preliminary data comes from 100 New York hospitals with about 1,000 patients, Cuomo said in his daily briefing.
The analysis found that 66% of the new admissions were from people who complied with the quarantine. The next highest source of income was from geriatric centers, with 18%.
“If you realize, 18% of the people hospitalized in recent days come from nursing homes, less than 1% come from jail or detention centers, 2% come from the homeless population, 2% from other facilities congregated, but 66% of the people did not leave their homes, which is shocking to us, ”said Cuomo.
“This is an overwhelming surprise, because people were at home,” he added. “At the beginning we thought that maybe they took public transport, so we took special precautions in public transport, but not really, because these people were at home,” the president explained.
Cuomo said that nearly 84% of hospitalizations are people who do not commute to work using taxis, personal cars or public transportation. The president noted that most of these people are retired or unemployed. Overall, about 73% of the new entrants were people over the age of 51.
Cuomo also indicated that the data shows that those who are hospitalized are mostly residents of the southern area of the state in or around New York City.
Additionally, the majority of the cases in New York City are minorities, and nearly half are African American or Hispanic.
“Much of this comes down to what you do to protect yourself. Everything is closed, the Government has done everything possible, society has done everything possible. Now it’s up to you, “Cuomo said.
Cuomo said Wednesday that the state’s hospitalization rate has continued to decline, though he noted that it is a “painfully slow” decline.
Also, about 600 infected people still walk through hospital doors every day, although that number has also decreased, he added.
While the data shows that the spread of the coronavirus is on the decline in New York, the new figures appear to contradict Cuomo’s previous assurance that isolation can be effective in preventing transmission.
“If you isolate yourself, if you take the precautions, your family will not be infected,” Cuomo said at a press conference on April 13.
The governor said daily numbers, including the number of people who have died from the coronavirus, are likely to be much higher than what was reported. Cuomo noted that the state has not fully documented deaths in the home that can be attributed to respiratory illness. Another 232 people died from the coronavirus on Tuesday.
“I think the reality is going to be worse,” predicted the governor.
The number of hospitalized patients in recent days is broken down as follows:
The Bronx 9%
New York 21%
Long Island (Nassau/Suffolk) 18%
Racial distribution in the five boroughs of New York City:
Hispanic or Latino 20%
Place of origin of patients before being hospitalized:
66% of their own home
18% of geriatric centers
8% from other places
4% of help sites
1% of prisons and detention centers
From 0 to 10 1%
From 10 to 20 2%
From 21 to 30 6%
From 31 to 40 8%
From 41 to 50 8%
From 51 to 60 14%
From 61 to 70 20%
From 71 to 80 19%
From 81 to 90 14%
Over 91 6%